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Núcleo de São Teotónio

13

Algares

38,5 KM

The great attraction of this route is the difficult and well-regarded ascent to Algares, the highest point in the vicinity of São Teotónio. It is almost 10 km uphill, with sometimes almost 20% gradient, intersected by small slopes and flat sections so you can catch your breath before the final assault. The route passes about 250 m from the highest point where there is a fire watch tower positioned. Take the opportunity to enjoy the stunning views! After Algares, there are four more small climbs worth noting, but all much more accessible than the main one. It has no real single track but includes a small forded water crossing. This route also passes through the small labyrinthine alleys of São Teotónio, both on departure and on arrival, several moorland areas and some rural paths. The route goes through Delfeira, Relva Grande, Algares and Casa Nova da Cruz, this last village being the only place on the route with any human population. Therefore we advise the company of at least one more cyclist.

Datasheet

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: Difficult

TYPE: Clockwise Circuit

LENGTH: 38,5 km

DURATION: 2h00 to 3h00

MARKED ROUTE: Yes.

ACCUMULATED LEVEL: 720m

MAX ALTITUDE 433m
MIN. ALTITUDE : 87m

TECHNICAL LEVEL: 3 (5)

PHYSICAL LEVEL: 3.5 (5)

ADVISED SEASON: All year round avoiding temperatures above 30º

Tips

At 18 km, at the end of the main climb to Algares, make a small detour of 250 m on the left to the watchtower for even better views. The accumulated level then reaches 750m.

Support Points:
Km 13 – Relva Grande
Km 30 – Casa Nova da Cruz

Warnings

The route crosses and at times, for a short distance, follows along two municipal roads on which you might encounter some car traffic. Caution is recommended.
One part of the route coincides with the Rota Vicentina Historical Way (GR11), so it is very likely that you will meet with hikers.
It might be necessary to open livestock protection gates which should always be closed again after passing through.
The descent after Algares has a lot of stone in some areas so caution and special attention are recommended.

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